I grew up in Grants Pass, a town along the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. After graduating from GPHS in 1985, I went to college at Brigham Young, where I majored in French. I spent a summer as a river guide in Moab, and fell in love with the desert. After some soul searching, I decided to study biology in grad school, and I have never regretted that choice. My MS project at BYU drew on my river experience as we studied aquatic invertebrates in Canyonlands National Park - one of the most fantastic places on earth. With my choice to attend UConn for a PhD, I stumbled into one of the great Ecology and Evolutionary Biology departments. It is one of the hotspots for the study of systematics, and I feel lucky for my time there. I studied the Megalagrion damselflies of Hawaii for my PhD dissertation. After finishing my PhD at Connecticut, I spent 19 months as an NSF postdoc in the Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine in Grenoble, France. There I studied the molecular systematics of the genus Capra - wild goats and their kin.
I love my job here at Bucknell. This is a school that allows me to do high-quality research and teaching. I am a molecular systematist, with interests in the damselflies of Oceania and wild goats and their relatives. Take a look around this site to explore the projects ongoing in my lab.
Thanks to Mike Williams for his tutorial and code!
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